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Setting Goals Is The One Habit That Can Guarantee Your Success!

by Howard Platt

on December 9, 2010

in Goals and Achievement

Setting Goals And Building Your Self-Confidence.

Setting goals can have a significant effect upon both your self-esteem and self-confidence. Setting goals is equivalent to laying the stepping stones leading to success and we all know that as our personal or professional success grows we become more confident and hold ourselves in higher esteem.

It tasks a healthy degree of confidence to develop the personal belief that you can accomplish the goals you set for yourself.

As you set your plans in motion, your self-confidence grows with the completion of each step you take toward achieving your goal.

This demonstrates the basic Law of Cause and Effect. The cause is your goal and the effect is the achievement of that goal.

If you fail to set goals for yourself, you will find it next to impossible to advance in life.

One of the primary factors of a happy, fulfilled life is a strong foundation of personal achievement. Of all the joys life has to offer, nothing quite beats the self-affirming thrill of setting goals and actually achieving them.

There is a deep seated, instinctive need in the emotional make-up of human beings to chase after whatever makes us happiest.

The goals we choose to go after are the things that we truly desire out of life. When setting goals you really want to be certain that you give each one of them some thorough consideration.

You need to have a real emotional connection, or a deep seated desire for your goal.

If you are not emotionally connected to your goal you will find it very challenging to keep taking action towards achieving the plans you have set.

Main Aspects For Setting Goals

Setting GoalsEach of the three main aspects of setting goals and achievement has its own unique pleasure. The three main aspects being, first choosing a goal, then throwing ourselves after it, and then finally reaching success.

When setting goals be certain to take the time to enjoy the pleasures of each step. First there is the heart stirring rush of setting out after something we have always wanted or something we just discovered we wanted.

Then there is the excitement of the goal coming into our sights. Finally there is the overwhelming thrill of achieving the very thing we set out after.

Relishing in our accomplishment is all part of the wonderful game, and it is what drives us to continue setting goals.

This cycle of desire, action and fulfillment creates this stream of positive energy in our lives that helps us advance even higher toward whatever distant pinnacle of success we strive for.

Without this wonderful flow of energy, our life can seem dull, flat and meaningless.

With every cycle like this you experience, you begin to believe in yourself, and your self-esteem and your self-confidence grows by leaps and bounds.

It is for this very reason that you must continue setting goals that drive you to take action everyday of your life.

Whether you are looking to change careers or advance in the one you have you will need a solid goal setting system to keep you moving forward towards the achievement of stage of advancement.

Setting Goals – Feeling – Emotions – Desires – Dreams – Success!

If you live with this type of conviction your self-confidence will soar. Truly believe in your ability to succeed, focus all your sights towards your goal, and tell yourself you are a success.

Fill yourself with emotion don’t ever waiver from your belief that you can succeed at what ever you truly desire.

  • Clarity

Build your belief around absolute clarity, know exactly what it is that you are working towards, don’t confuse yourself with too many goals.

When your setting goals, do so with such clarity that you can always hold the thought of what you must do to achieve that goal.

As you accomplish the little tasks you must complete to achieve your major goal your self-confidence will grow with every step you take.

  • Conviction

When setting goals you must have absolute conviction that you believe that you can achieve exactly what you focus your mind on.

You must always hold the thought of achieving success throughout your entire waking day. The effect this will have on your self-confidence will be amazing.

The stronger your belief in yourself, the greater your self-esteem and self-confidence will be. Living with strong self-confidence and self-esteem, opens a whole new world to you.

Your inhibitions are lessened and your fear of attempting something new is diminished.

Before long you will be setting goals you would have never even dreamed of before you strengthened your self-confidence.

  • Commitment

Now when setting goals you must fully commit to your goal, have the commitment to put forth every effort into reaching that which you desire so greatly.

  • Consistency

Then there is consistency, follow through everyday with what you say you will do until your goal is achieved.

Once you make this a habit, a habit of holding strong positive thoughts about your goals and what you must do to achieve them success cannot escape you.

Clarity, commitment, conviction and consistency must all be traits that you decide to live by with all your heart, when you do setting goals will become a huge joy in your life.

Setting goals and working towards them one at a time is so important, it activates all the qualities you need to really build your self confidence and truly get you working towards achieving all that you desire.

Here is a Simple Five-Step Process for Setting Goals.

The first step to achieving goals is setting goals. If you follow five simple steps, you will have a very clear road map to lead you from today to a wonderful tomorrow.

  • Step 1 – Create a vision of your ideal future.

Write out your dream and be very specific.

If you want a new home, include all of the details.

Where is it? What is it nearby? How large is the property? What does the exterior look like? How many rooms are there and where will they be? What colors is everything painted? What are your neighbors like?

When setting goals, the level of detail will make it much easier, because you see exactly what the end point is.

  • Step 2 – Create goals from your vision.

What are all the steps you will need to complete to achieve your goals? Make a list! For example, buying your dream house will involve researching locations and homes for sale.

You will need to pull together money for a down payment. You will need to create a budget so you know what you can afford monthly. You will need to research and get pre-approved for a mortgage.

  • Step 3 – When setting goals, you must write SMART goals.

Smart Goals Are Goals That Help You Understand Exactly What You Need To Do. A Smart Goal Would Look Like This:                                                       Setting Goals

“I will save $20,000 within 24 months for a down payment.”

  • This goal is specific, describing the end result in terms of what is expected and when it is expected.
  • This goal is measurable, describing the end result in terms of quality, quantity, deadline or cost.
  • This goal is achievable, it sets a challenge, yet it can still be obtained through the right amount of effort.
  • This goal is realistic, the conditions of the goal are practical and relevant.
  • This goal is timely.

Appropriate in terms of current needs and time framed so that it is clear how long the activity will last. Saving for a down payment is timely if you want a house and twenty four months is the time frame.

  • Step 4 – When setting goals you must identify obstacles.

In the above example saving $20,000 in two years might be an obstacle, it is important to realize your obstacles.

  • Step 5- You must create plans to counter each obstacle.

In our example if saving $20,000 is an obstacle, you might find yourself setting goals to tackle the obstacles, such as putting together a budget which may show you that you may need a second income.

Be certain to research several alternative ways to reach your goals, in case the most obvious paths peter out short of the end.

This avoids the trapped feeling you can get when you realize that the goal you were after has, for whatever reason, been taken out of your reach.

Setting Goals Is Much Like Planning A Trip.

When you set out on a trip if you are diligent in your planning, you will be prepared to take another route to get from point A to point B in case of a detour that you may not have been aware of.

Setting GoalsSometimes, just as in physical traveling, the alternative route (goal) turns out to be more enjoyable and more appropriate for the journey than your first choice.

When setting goals be sure to set up a goal tracking chart.

Setting up a goal tracking chart allows you to see where your at on any particular goal, and it shows you what you still need to do.

Setting up a chart in the beginning allows you to organize all the steps, tasks, and mini-goals you have to complete, to obtain the achievement of your larger goals and desires.

Taking this action gives you the excitement needed whenever we are going after something new and challenging.

Setting Goals Is Not A Stagnant Process!

Periodically Re-Check, Refine or Redefine Your Goals If Needed.

Life can sometimes take some drastic turns and this can have a real effect on setting goals or following up on those goals you have in place.

It’s no use struggling to meet a goal that, by the time you get there, no longer fits in with your life. Stay in tune with the goals you have set.

Do they still excite you? Are they taking you in a direction that you are still anticipating with true desire and excitement.

Never be afraid to redefine your goals, the reason for setting goals is so that we can achieve the things we truly want out of life.

Life is not written in stone, circumstances change, and if this happens to you while in the midst of working toward a goal, just accept the fact that your desires have changed.

Visualize Your Success And What You Will Do To Reward Yourself.

A visualized goal is a goal completed. Most people find it difficult if not impossible to expend any energy on something they can’t see as existing in their reality.

Creating a vision of your goal already achieved, even before you start out on your journey creates a destination in your mind.

I use visualization everyday of my life. I practice forming a picture in my mind of exactly what I want to achieve.

I spend the day affirming my success, and this just keeps me excited about the goals I have set.

The stronger and more realistically detailed you make your visualizations, the better chance you have of succeeding.

Visualizing your reward you will give to yourself for achieving a goal, gives you the added bonus of creating a higher level of motivation.

Why leave anything to chance, visualization is a strong, important step in the achievement of any goal so why not invest the time and energy to perfect your ability to visualize.

The Power of Visualization Allows You To See Your Success First And Then Live It!

Visualization has helped millions of people achieve goals. And it can be the most powerful tool for achievement you have ever used.

Whether it is for decision making, problem solving, heightening creativity or controlling a specific behavior, The Power of Visualization can transform your life. Seeing is achieving.

When Setting Goals You Must First Get Your Act Together!

Make sure you have all the equipment, tools, resources, and the right attitude you will need to successfully reach your goal. Be prepared before starting out on a new task.

Nothing spoils a motivated mood faster then realizing you do not have the resources you need to succeed in achieving your goal. Before embarking on any venture, always make sure that you will know what you need.

Visualize each step you must take, explore your mental image, and pick up on every little detail. Failing to plan is just merely planning to fail.

When Setting Goals You Have To Kick Your Self-Motivation Into Over-Drive!

Motivation plays a huge role in the success of achieving a goal. There are thousands of books, websites, audio programs, seminars, and other resources out there just waiting to “pump you up.”

Take advantage of these resources to boost your energy when it starts to dip.

Personally, I use audio programs just about everyday of my life. It is just the perfect resource I found that helps me in every way possible.

I have hundreds of personal development and motivational audio programs, and I cannot tell you how they have changed my life.

Well There you have it A Complete And Exciting Plan For Setting Goals To Propel Your Success!

Now it is all up to you! You have a complete, thorough plan to help you set your goals and all the action steps you must take to see them through to the end.

Remember there is no greater feeling then setting goals and going after them with everything you’ve got, then the ultimate feeling of complete success as you achieve the goals you set out after.

If you choose not to set goals then I promise you, you will just meander aimlessly from one thing to the other, without achieving any true success. Base your life on the continual habit of setting goals, and success will be yours.

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Hi, my name is Howard G. Platt 111 and my site Positive Thinking For Personal Development is my passion! About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable medical disorder which challenges me everyday of my life. Positive Thinking gives me the strength to persevere. I try to use my story to inspire and help others to live up to their full potential in life. I know that my calling in life is to serve others and to help those in need. God Bless!


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1 Keith April 12, 2012

I have been reading through your site for the past month or so but have yet to leave you a message. Well after reading this article I can tell that you put your heart and soul into this site and helping others and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I have been going through some rough times these past couple of months and your site has helped me in more ways than I can think of. I believe that setting goals is the basis for all new adventures in life and you explain how to set goals and follow through with them perfectly.

Thank You!
God Bless You!

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2 Howard G. Platt 111 April 12, 2012

Thank you Keith! It’s nice to hear that my articles have been of some help to you.

If you need any help with anything please just let me know.

Take Care!
Sincerely,
Howard

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